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Moran With a Plan: WIll Burlington voter's approve a last-ditch proposal for the defunct power plant?
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NO STRINGS ATTACHED 1. “Disharmony on Prospect Street: A Dispute Between Neighbors Strikes a Sour Note” by Alicia Freese. One Burlington resident is dragging out her ﬁght against a neighbor’s at-home workshop. Neighborhood watch or NIMBY? 2. “First Dates: e Start of Something Good” by 7D staff. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, prominent Vermont couples tell the stories of their ﬁrst dates. 3. “Burlington International Airport Prepares to Send Couples Into the Wild Blue Yonder of Matrimony” by Xian Chiang-Waren. Looking for a unique wedding venue? Now you can get hitched with a view of the runway at BTV. 4. “At the Junction of State and Federal Law, I-91 Checkpoint Becomes Site of Legal Collision” by Mark Davis. e Department of Homeland Security has dropped plans to operate a permanent checkpoint 100 miles from the Vermont-Québec border. 5. “Maple Makeover? Vermonters Discover a New Sugaring Technique” by Kathryn Flagg. anks to UVM researchers, Vermont sugarmakers may soon be able to get maple from a previously untapped source: the tops of saplings. S eat number nine in the Vermont Senate has been vacant for the last month, a visible reminder of the absence of the late senator Sally Fox. On Tuesday morning, her husband of 35 years, Michael Sirotkin, was sworn in, ﬁlling the seat in her stead. e ceremony was poignant but efﬁcient, and moments later, Sirotkin was voting “aye” on the ﬁrst bill to come before him. e legislation — on the regulation of malt beverages — had been introduced by his wife. Gov. Peter Shumlin appointed Sirotkin to the position shortly after Fox died of cancer in January, but encouraged him to take several weeks before reporting for duty at the bustling Statehouse. Sirotkin is one of six senators representing Chittenden County. Sirotkin and other members of the tight-knit body were teary-eyed at Tuesday’s ceremony, but there were moments of levity, too, as Alicia Freese reported on the Seven Days Off Message blog. e newly minted senator recalled an emotional tribute Sen. Dick Sears (D-Bennington) — known for his gruff approach to legislating — gave on the Senate ﬂoor after Fox’s death. “I’m very proud it was Sally who brought out the teddy bear in Senator Sears,” Sirotkin told his new colleagues. Sirotkin, a longtime lobbyist, also joked about getting to take a seat at the table, after having spent more than 30 years staking out the perimeter of the Statehouse’s cramped committee rooms. “For three decades, I’ve best been known around the halls of this building as either lurking or maybe stalking people,” he quipped. Sirotkin has sold his interest in his lobbying ﬁrm, Sirotkin & Necrason, to make conﬂicts of interest less likely. e Senate “Committee on Committees” doles out committee assignments, and its three members — Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell (D-Windsor) and Sen. Dick Mazza (D-Grand Isle) — chose not to assign Fox’s seats on the Appropriations and Health and Welfare committees to Sirotkin. ose went to Sen. Ann Cummings, (D-Washington); Sirotkin will serve on the Agriculture and Institutions committees. In an interview after the Senate had adjourned for the day, Sirotkin said his wife left “enormous” shoes to ﬁll. “She would always be on the run, a lot of papers in hand, going to committee, trying to do yeoman’s work,” he recalled. “She worked very hard in this building.” Rumor has it that more IBM layo s are coming to Essex Junction. Can the trendy new tech startups in Burlington grow fast enough to ﬁll the void? 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Kelley, Rick Kisonak, Judith Levine, Amy Lilly, Gary Miller, Jernigan Pontiac, Robert Resnik, Sarah Tu , Lindsay J. Westley PHOTOGRAPHERS Caleb Kenna, Tom McNeill, Oliver Parini, Sarah Priestap, Matthew Thorsen, Jeb Wallace-Brodeur I L L U S T R AT O R S Matt Mignanelli, Matt Morris, Marc Nadel, Tim Newcomb, Susan Norton, Kim Scafuro, Michael Tonn, Steve Weigl SALES/MARKETING Colby Roberts Michael Bradshaw The City of Burlington has a sound policy on paper against vehicles left idling, which squanders fuel for no purpose and is an important contributor to our climate going sour [WTF: “Whatever happened to Burlington’s ban on excessive car idling?” January 29]. It is easy to pass an ordinance and then ignore it, as Chief Mike Schirling does by calling for education, not enforcement. It would be smart to include an idling component in driver’s education, but, in the meantime, the easiest thing the city could do is lead by example. There is a rule against idling by city vehicles, which seems to be honored in the breach. Municipal trucks and cars from many departments are often left idling — public works, ﬁre pumpers and especially police cars. The best education the city could do is get serious about turning o the ignition. The commissions that oversee the departments should drill down hard to get to the bottom of their idling problem and save the taxpayers the cost of all that wasted fuel. Samuel Press BURLINGTON personal past experiences with disgruntled neighbors. This fellow Buchwald is bringing culture and diversity to the neighborhood through his craft. Now he’s being hassled by some cranky lady. The evidence is clear that his shop doesn’t make noise, is within his permitted use, and doesn’t cause any harm or disturbance to the peace of the neighborhood. Headrick sounds like she has nothing better to do than pester her neighbor into her “reality” of what neighborhood living should be. My suggestion for her: Find a hobby, do something good for the community and stop dragging out such a ridiculous hissy ﬁt over nothing. Great job and thanks for the read! Let’s hope this all ends well in Buchwald’s favor. SOUTH BURLINGTON John Coon DUMB DETAILS STOP THE ‘HISSY FIT’ SEVENDAYSVT.COM What a great article on this situation [“Disharmony on Prospect Street: A Dispute Between Neighbors Strikes a Sour Note,” February 5]. It provoked my emotions so much because of my [Re “Raw Deal? Farmers Push Back Against Unpasteurized Milk Regulations,” January 29]: I was astounded to read in this article that goat farmer Lisa Kaiman attended her hearing “dressed in a Carhartt jacket and bulky knit sweater, her graying hair piled in a messy bun atop her head.” Huh? Are you kidding me? Why did Kathryn Flagg think it appropriate to describe Kaiman’s attire and hairdo but not do the same for anyone else? Can’t make-up your mind? 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And the “messy bun” comment was really over the top — granted, these days a “messy bun” is an actual, intentionally casual coif and not necessarily an indication of unkemptness (something I’m sure a good percentage of your readers don’t realize), but still! Clearly, the detailed description of Kaiman’s appearance was intended to portray her in a negative light, and it was very offensive. Nina Dahlstedt Buss burlingTOn oNioNS mAkE HEr crY Although I can sympathize with the challenges that restaurants face with the increase in food allergies, food sensitivities and food fads, I took issue with Michael Werneke’s snarky comment about allium allergies and his questioning of people’s real motivations when they are ordering based on dietary restrictions [“Sensitivity Seige,” January 15]. My mother has a very severe allium sensitivity and because it is not an allergy (not an immune response), she has faced many lax employees in restaurants who think that just a little garlic or just a little onion are fine since it is “not an allergy.” Her “real motivation” is staying out of the emergency department. Certain fads will fade, but I hope the people we trust to cook for us when socializing and celebrating will never lose sight of how very, very sick certain foods make certain people. And though some restaurateurs might hope those people would stay home, try going through your entire personal and professional life without darkening the doors of a restaurant. eSSex JuncTiOn Judge Rejects Prison Company’s Bid to Keep Records Secret,” January 21]. Paying $11.6 million a year to house inmates out of state seems excessively high. Does that include transportation cost? This is a debatable issue, but it seems to me that using that money to build facilities, hiring personnel and saving on transportation costs would be a better approach. Legal expenses for our judge and the plaintiff from a pending case with the private company to defend itself from the freedom of information criteria wouldn’t be incurred, and any inmate relatives suing over conditions or placement would be nonexistent, resulting in using state funds more efficiently. Our incarcerated population would undoubtedly, I suspect, be treated more hospitably in state than out of state because of the simple fact that outsiders in any scenario are at a disadvantage. Judge Robert Bent ordered further hearings, resulting in a protracted situation because of these out-of-state venues. It just makes more sense to me that any and all state maintenance be performed locally, resulting in our own controlled supervision for the most efficient results. WaTerbury SALE! 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Saturday, February 15th & Sunday, February 16th 20% off 34 BY CHARLES EICHACKER 17 18 Excerpts from O Message BY SEVEN DAYS STAFF Medicine: Vermont’s chief medical examiner wants to know what’s killing us BY KEN PICARD Dead Certain Local Races Reveal the Escalating Cost of Campaigning in Chittenden County BY KEVIN J. KELLEY 36 Art: Exploring master carver Bob Spear’s avian artwork at the Birds of Vermont museum BY ETHAN DE SEIFE For the Birds SECTIONS 11 46 58 62 70 76 38 ARTS NEWS 22 Books: Buildings of Vermont, Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson BY AMY LILLY Beyond Barns Parisii Quartet to Bring Final Concert in Beethoven Series to an Unconventional Venue Lit of Love The Magniﬁcent 7 Calendar Classes Music Art Movies 40 BY AMY LILLY 23 24 Food: New ﬁlm showcases the Alaskan salmon catch of Vermont-based Starbird Fish BY ALICE LEVITT Waves of Glory BY MARGOT HARRISON BY ETHAN DE SEIFE 25 AO Glass Works Teams Up With Picture-Book Author to ‘Bottle’ Laughter BY XIAN CHIANG-WAREN 62 Music: An all-local Valentine’s Day mixtape BY DAN BOLLES Songs for You V ER M O NT ’ S I N DE P EN DE NT V O I CE A New Book Explores a Very Old Subject: Vermont’s Whale Fossil BY CORIN HIRSCH FEBRUARY 12-19, 2014 VOL.19 NO.24 Food: Grilling the Chef: Jean-Luc Matecat SEVENDAYSVT.COM 44 Modern Tastes FUN STUFF ANTE UPPED Local campaign spending soars PAGE 18 straight dope movies you missed edie everette dakota mcfadzean lulu eightball jen sorensen news quirks bliss, ted rall red meat rhymes with orange this modern world elf cat free will astrology personals 26 79 80 80 80 80 81 81 82 82 82 82 83 84 SEVENDAYSVT.COM M O RAN W I T H A P L AN Will Burlington voters approve a last-ditch proposal for the defunct power plant? BY AL ICIA FREESE | PAGE 30 DEATH WATCH PAGE 34 VT’s ME on what kills us AVIAN ARTIST PAGE 36 e legacy of Bob Spear SALMON RUN PAGE 40 Starbird Fish on ﬁlm COVER IMAGE LINCOLN BROWN COVER DESIGN AARON SHREWSBURY VIDEO SERIES CLASSIFIEDS vehicles housing services buy this stuff for sale by owner calcoku/sudoku music, art C-2 C-2 C-2 C-3 C-4 C-4 C-5 legals crossword support groups puzzle answers jobs C-5 C-5 C-6 C-7 C-8 All your favorite 02.12.14-02.19.14 brands, with sale items up to 70% off! SEVEN DAYS This newspaper features interactive print — neato! 38 church street 802.862.5126 www.dearlucy.com mon-thurs 10-7, Underwritten by: Stuck in Vermont: Patients at the Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care made Valentine’s cards last week with help from Burlington City Arts’ “Art from the Heart” program. CONTENTS 9 Download the free layar app Find and scan pages with the layar logo Discover fun interactive content fri-sat 10-8, sun 11-5 4v-dearlucy021214.indd 1 2/10/14 1:55 PM 10 02.12.14-02.19.14 SEVEN DAYS SEVENDAYSVt.com 1t-wndnwvs021214.indd 1 2/11/14 5:52 PM LOOKING FORWARD MAGNIFICENT MUST SEE, MUST DO THIS WEEK COMPI L E D BY COU RTNEY COP P the SUNDAY 16 Something for Everyone Family time gets a healthy dose of creativity at the Integrated Arts Academy Community Arts Day & Silent Auction. is fundraiser for the school entertains parents with live music and more than 200 items up for bid. Youngsters in grades 1 through 5 get in on the fun with workshops from the Flynn Center, Very Merry eatre and other local organizations. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 52 THURSDAY 13 FRIDAY 14-SUNDAY 16 Fermentation Fest Hops lovers, unite! ose who take their sipping seriously hit up ECHO AfterDark: FeBREWary for an evening dedicated to Belgian beer. Nearly 30 European and American varieties reﬂect traditional brewing methods, while special presentations from experts in the ﬁeld tap into the history, science and style behind each pour. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 49 MUSIC FOR THE PEOPLE Scrag Mountain Music is dedicated to making top-notch chamber music accessible to local communities. Taking a “come as you are, pay what you can” approach to their craft, the Warren-based ensemble presents “ e Most Beautiful Waltz.” e program of dance-inspired selections features guest artists including celebrated violist Nathan Schram (pictured). SEE CALENDAR LISTINGS ON PAGES 50, 52 AND 54 SATURDAY 15 Glitz ’n’ Glam Looking for a little spice in the season? Head to the Winter Is a Drag Ball, where over-the-top costumes and performances by drag queens — and kings — make for a memorable party. Folks dress to impress in “Sailors and Mermaids” threads at this beneﬁt for the Vermont People With AIDS Coalition. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 52 SUNDAY 16 Special Delivery Last fall, Erik Andrus embarked on a 10-day journey down the Hudson River aboard a handmade sailing barge. His mission? To transport 15 tons of local fare to New York City and points in between as part of the Vermont Sail Freight Project. e Ferrisburgh farmer recounts his experience in a lecture about his ongoing locavore mission. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 54 ONGOING SEVENDAYSVT.COM Metal Head In John Bisbee’s world, steel and botany form a perfect union. e Maine sculptor, known for his inventiveness and eccentricity, uses 12-inch spikes to fashion the ﬂoral-inspired pieces in “New Blooms,” at the Shelburne Museum. Manipulating and then welding the nails together, the artist fashions his medium into works he declares “its original utility never dreamt of.” SEE REVIEW ON PAGE 70 02.12.14-02.19.14 FRIDAY 14 Rising Stars In early 2012, songwriter/composer Keegan DeWitt and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Bullock joined forces to create Wild Cub. Since then, the ﬁve-piece band has turned heads with its debut album, Youth, which serves up infectious, electro-pop hits such as the single “ under Clatter.” e Nashville-based musicians hit up Higher Ground as part of an international tour. SEE SPOTLIGHT ON PAGE 68 SEVEN DAYS MAGNIFICENT SEVEN 11 COURTESY OF NATHAN SCHRAM Lareau Farm Kitchen FAIR GAME OPEN SEASON ON VERMONT POLITICS BY PAUL HEINTZ 8v-ricksusave021214.indd 1 12 FAIR GAME ere the state o cials behind Vermont’s beleaguered health care overhaul a bunch Wood fired farm to table of unsophisticated local cusine yokels who were taken for a ride by an unscrupulous global contractor? 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At a Burlington press conference Friday morning, the gov himself said he hadn’t read the story, but the man he 8V-AmFlatbread021214.indd 1 2/11/14 5:01 PMappointed to build Vermont Health Connect quickly went into overdrive to debunk it. “I think there are pieces of the story which are just not factually true and other places where the reporter raises inﬂammatory speculation, but without any basis in reality,” Department of Vermont Health Access Commissioner MARK LARSON said later that day. “It makes for an interesting story, but I’m not sure it’s an accurate story.” On Monday, Larson sent Newsweek a lengthy rebuttal, highlighting eight sections of the article he labeled as everything from “purely speculative and backed up by no evidence” to “simply not true.” But Newsweek doubled down on “Doubling Down.” “We completely stand by the story and are utterly conﬁdent about our sources,” editor-in-chief Jim Impoco said in an email. “If there are any errors of fact we will gladly correct them. We too thought it was a wonderfully incendiary story.” Oh snap! So was this just another catﬁght between journalists and the Shumlin administration